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Hand-Painted Tattoo Sign C1940s Item # F1535


While tattoos have been a form of personal expression for the entirety of human history, this rare sign likely hails from the era of the art's most rapid rise around WWII.

Initially, tattooing became a regular practice among seamen, as it was the quickest and most effective way to identify sailors of different nationalities during the period of impressment after the American Revolutionary War. As time passed, tattoos became a hallmark of the naval profession, reaching a peak in the mid-20th century, just around the time this sign was made.

Imagine the brave and burly sailors that likely passed by this sign on their way to be tattooed. The most notable aspects of this wonderful piece of Americana are the rustic hand-painted letters, the speckled blue background and the perfect patina.

Condition notes: Aged to perfection, with rust, dents and scratches all commensurate with age.

  • Historical Style: Primitive
  • Condition notes: Aged to perfection, with rust, dents and scratches all commensurate with age.

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Hand-Painted Tattoo Sign C1940s